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  1. I saw in the videos more than a dozen Palestinian flags being waved and none of the 80,000 other demonstrators got upset. However, after a fruitless dialogue, one demonstrator ripped away another demonstrator’s Palestinian flag, which minor incident you’ve turned into front page news.

    To me, a Palestinian flag symbolizes the end of the Jewish State, and that’s not what these demonstrators want, nor is it what they want to be associated with.

    Richard, you said to me:

    “Don’t offer quotations. You want to sound smart and offer profound lessons. You aren’t. And you don’t. And they serve no useful purpose.”

    Yet Richard can quote Upton Sinclair and Sinclair Lewis, but won’t allow me to quote.

    ‘All animals are equal, but some animal are more equal than others’ -George Orwell

    1. @ Top Cat:

      I saw in the videos more than a dozen Palestinian flags being waved and none of the 80,000 other demonstrators got upset.

      What you saw in one video wasn’t all that happened. I didn’t use every video I watched related to waving Palestinian flags. THere were many of them. In some, flag wavers said they were threatened. Some by protestors and some by police. One thing you must understand about me, which you don’t seem to: if I post one video illustrating a point, there are many more I’ve watched pointing to the same phenomenon. I pick one to illustrate the point. Not to mention the woman who was ready to attend the protest and wave her Palestinian flag when she received personal threats via text msg. Not to mention the Haaretz article to which I linked which gave further examples of violence against protestors and interviews with those who opposed the flags.

      To me, a Palestinian flag symbolizes the end of the Jewish State,

      What you “think” and what is true are 2 entirely different things. A Palestinian flag is the flag of Palestine. It is a place. It is a country. It has a flag. THe flag of Israel is the flag of a country. Not Palestine. So believing one flag means the destruction of another country is not just ludicrous, it is a lie. You believe a lie.

      The anti-Palestine protestors hate the flag not because they believe it will replace Israel. But because they don’t want a Palestinian state. While some Israelis still believe in 2 states, the majority probably no longer does. So of course they hate seeing the Palestinian flag. It reminds them of something invonenient they’d rather ignore and pretend doesn’t, or shouldn’t exist.

      As for quotations, I only use them when it’s relevant, which is sparingly. I don’t add silly quotations in every comment like Hallmark greeting cards. Remember, comments must be substantive and deal directly with the topic of the post. Vacuous use of quotations violate that. You did it here deliberately to provoke me. I don’t permit commenters to do that. So try that or anything similar again and you’ll be on a one-way ticket to Ben Gurion (unless you’re already there). I do have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to that.

      BTW, it’s my blog. So if you don’t like my telling you not to spout quotations, you know where you can go and what you can do.

  2. Wonder how authorities in USA would react to protest in favour of Iran with Iranian flags on display….Australian authorities banned display of Russian flag at Australian open tennis tournanament

    1. Anyone may wave a flag of any country in any place in this country. In fact, American citizens have the right to desecrate our own flag if they choose. Don’t assume other democratic countries are as intolerant, violent, or abusive as Israel is.

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